In April 2019, we were excited to bring Venture Up to the South Island for the very first time! Spanning the school holidays, the 2-week iteration of the programme was based at the Queenstown Resort College in Queenstown, made possible thanks to the help of our wonderful sponsors. Participants formed ventures on day 1 and learnt about how to test concepts, validate with customers and build key business skills that will serve them well moving into the future.

With a wealth of mentors and speakers lined up to provide inspiration and tools to challenge the ventures, the teams were pushed throughout the accelerator far beyond their comfort zones.

For more information, check out how the teams went in the blog posts below or the programme report!

Venture Up 2019 Queenstown Report 🔗

Each year, we put together a report to summarise insights from the programme.


…an amazing experience, it's not always we get a chance to solely focus on building businesses, get help from amazing mentors and be surrounded and collaborate with like-minded people.

Venture Up Queenstown: EcoTex

EcoTex are addressing the issues that local emerging clothing designers face when sourcing sustainable suppliers. They have developed a marketplace that facilitates the trade of Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS) fabrics.

Venture Up Queenstown: Habitat

Habitat exists to combat the uncertainty faced by young people trying to convert to a more environmentally friendly lifestyle. Their solution sends the user an environmentally conscious habit monthly, with the long term intent of transitioning them to a completely sustainable lifestyle.

Venture Up Queenstown: Get Real
Get Real

Get Real have first-hand experience with the struggles that high school leavers face when planning gap years. Their solution brings together the opportunities available in a one-stop simple to use site. Providing young high school leavers with more confidence when deciding their next life move.

Venture Up Queenstown: Move37
Move 37

Move37 understand the difficulties that early-stage startup founders experience when trying to form a team. Their platform facilitates connections between startup founders and teams who share a common vision.